Georgia Trend Daily – May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah sees more money, more visitors in 2018

Katie Nussbaum reports that last year visitors to the Hostess City opened their wallets more than ever, spending a record breaking $3 billion in 2018, an increase of 3.2% compared to the $2.91 billion spent in 2017, according to the annual Visit Savannah Visitor Study compiled by Longwoods International. “We’re really pleased about the growth that we continue to see with Savannah’s tourism numbers,” said Visit Savannah Joseph Marinelli.


May 13, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia online MBAs among the best

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that a recent study ranked eight Georgia universities on its list of the nation’s top 200 online MBA programs. These include Columbus State University at No. 16, Mercer University – Atlanta at No. 48, Kennesaw State University at No. 73, University of West Georgia at No. 103, Georgia College at No. 105, Georgia Southern University at No. 112, Brenau University at No. 133 and Valdosta State University at No. 149.


May 13, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia builders, buyers brace for impact of higher tariffs on China

Christopher Quinn reports that Georgians, from builders to baseball players, will pay the price for increased tariffs on Chinese goods imposed Friday by President Donald Trump. The president’s move, as the two countries negotiate a trade agreement, means the 10% tariffs imposed last year on $200 billion in Chinese imports from power tools to leather products is going up to 25%.


May 13, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta opposes U.S. tariff threats over Airbus subsidies

Alex Gailey reports that Delta Air Lines is openly expressing its stance against the U.S. tariffs threats on European goods worth billions of dollars, intensifying a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies. The United States Trade Representation said mid-April it may impose additional duties on hundreds of European exports in retaliation for the EU allegedly providing subsidies for Airbus.


May 13, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Contract could kickstart county’s $5.3 million fleet service facility

Jon Gargis reports that a contract for design work on a new $5.3 million fleet car service facility for the county could be given the green light by Cobb commissioners Tuesday. Commissioners will consider a two-part design/build contract for $768,758 with Catamount Constructors, with the initial phase to include only the design, project fee and general conditions costs for the facility. Catamount has offices in Roswell; San Antonio, Texas; and Lakewood, Colorado, near Denver.


May 13, 2019 LaGrange News

Woody’s, area’s last full-service station closing its fuel business

Daniel Evans reports that the final full-service station in the LaGrange area is closing its fuel business after 49 years. Woody’s Service Center on Commerce Avenue will still be fixing automobiles and renting U-Hauls, but the business will no longer be filling up gas tanks or washing windshields at the pump. Greg Woody said whenever the station runs out of fuel, the gas business will officially be closed.


May 13, 2019 Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

We found the definitive strawberry, sunflower, watermelon, pumpkin and popcorn capitals of the country. Plus about 120 more.

Andrew Van Dam reports, congratulations, Colquitt County, Ga. You’re the turnip-green capital of America! And Cumberland, N.J.? You did it! You lead the nation in escarole and endive. Every five years, the Agriculture Department’s Census of Agriculture allows us to answer important questions about the nation’s vast farm sector.


May 13, 2019 New York Times

Accused of ‘Terrorism’ for Putting Legal Materials Online

Adam Liptak reports that Carl Malamud believes in open access to government records, and he has spent more than a decade putting them online. You might think states would welcome the help. But when Mr. Malamud’s group posted the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the state sued for copyright infringement.


May 13, 2019 Brunswick News

New paths seen in fight over offshore drilling

Wes Wolfe reports that things have a tendency to change quickly in the effort to pursue Trump administration policy on offshore drilling. On Thursday, Green Scene of Coastal Georgia hosted a small talk by the Glynn Environmental Coalition and One Hundred Miles on what’s going on and what the stakes are regarding drilling off the Georgia coast. There are steps to the process, the first of which is done — five companies obtained incidental harassment authorizations that allow them to unintentionally “harass, hunt, capture or kill” or attempt to do the same to what’s considered by the federal government small numbers of marine mammals.


May 13, 2019 Georgia Health News

Kemp vetoes recess requirements for Georgia schoolkids

Andy Miller reports that an effort to require daily recess for Georgia elementary school students has come up short again – this time thanks to Gov. Brian Kemp’s veto pen. Kemp vetoed House Bill 83 on Friday along with several other bills. In his veto message, the governor said the recess requirement would impose unreasonable burdens on educational leaders without meaningful justification.’’


May 13, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bernie Sanders zeroes in on South with a swing through Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is trying to appeal to a stretch of Southern states that spurned him three years ago, as he seeks anew to connect with black voters who will help decide the presidential primaries across the region. The Vermont Democrat will hold a town hall on Saturday in Augusta, part of a three-day blitz that will also bring him to Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.


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